Pasture Golf Explained
All you need is eighty acres of corn and some
cows. (Dave Hill after the 1970 U.S. Open at Hazeltine National
Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota)
To most golfers the label Pasture Golf is a derogatory
remark regarding the upkeep at the local Muni-Course or a description
of knocking a few balls around Uncle Jack's cow pasture. We here at PastureGolf.com
do not consider it an insult but a great compliment to those courses that
keep the game simple, inexpensive and fun.
Golf originated in Scotland on lands that were used
to graze sheep. The original sand traps were created by sheep digging
holes to seek shelter from the prevailing winds. Pasture golf is
sometimes called rough golf or natural golf. It could never be confused
with executive courses or manicured par threes. Scotland is a golfer's
paradise with a course around every corner.
Troon and PrestwickOld and "classy"
Bogside, Dundonald, Gailes, Barassie.
Prestwick St. Nicholas, Western Gailes,
St. Cuthbert, Portlandmemory fails
Troon Municipal (three links there)
Prestwick Municipal, Irvine, Ayr.
They faced the list with delighted smiles
Sixteen courses within ten miles.
--Local Scottish rhyme
It has been only recently that super manicured golf
courses have become the rage. The motto of pasture golfers should
be: clipping is fine but don't shave the poor dog's butt.
to Gleneagles King's Course Webcam
View of Ben Kilbreck on the road to Altnaharra, Scotland
Pasture golf courses are the true link to the game's grass
roots. These courses offer true golfing challenges. You don't always get
good bounces, good lies, and true putts, but your golfing creativity will
be challenged. As the saying goes, the fairways aren't always fair, the
greens aren't always green, but the game is golf, so grab your sticks
and discover golf as it was meant to be.
one who has always found the sport to be ethically dubious (questionable
use of land, resources, elitism, race issues, corporate synergy,
etc.), I nevertheless find myself playing nearly every week.
- James King-Loo Yu
is) a sport for liars, drinkers and cussers who like to walk two
or three miles belaboring an object 1/45th their size with a loaded
cane. - Vesta M. Kelly
It is no coincidence that the people who invented golf
also invented Scotch. - Bruce Manclark, 1999
We borrowed golf from
Scotland as we borrowed whiskey. Not because its Scottish,
but because it is good. - Horace G. Hutchinson
Oh, golf is for smellin heather and
cut grass and walkin fast across the countryside and feelin
the wind and watchin the sun go down and seein yer friends
hit good shots and hittin some yerself. Its love and
its feelin the splendor o this good world.
- Michael Murphy, Golf in the Kingdom
Greetings. I read the article in Golf Magazine
about your 'association' while flying home from Missoula yesterday
to Denver. I had just spent a week in rural Montana hacking and
3 days in Idaho on a raft trip. On Saturday night, being short of
smokes and beer, we pulled over at a river-side shack that sported
a horse shoe pit and - out among the weeds - one golf flag. I joked
to the bartender that I should have put my clubs in the boat. Within
minutes we were given free range balls, a set of clubs, and a tour
of the 3 hole, par 3. (The 3rd hole is a 3/4.) The second hole was
my favorite: The green lay directly behind both the horse shoe pit
and the bar itself. I grew up in Ireland where cow pat golf flourishes
adjacent to more traditional golf, and I love both. Of a weekend,
I head to my cabin at 10,000 feet to play extreme tree bocce and
meadow/tundra golf with those die-hards in the family who refuse
to ever toss out a club. I will check out the Colorado site listed
very soon. Here's to a good walk not spoiled in near lightning conditions
and life with a grain of salt. Good luck to you and yours. G.O.
- June 14, 2004
One of the best exercises for golf is to take
a bucket of range balls
out to a challenging length of the uncut and hit them out. - Patty
PastureGolf Driving Range in Harrisburg, Oregon July,
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of the range
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